Green driving is becoming a serious proposition following the Government’s plan to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.
Electric cars are still a small part of the market, around 3.5 per cent of the total, with 64 per cent of those being plug-in hybrids rather than pure electric. But a new wave of models is hoping to push sales figures higher.
Here’s what you could be driving from next year:
Audi E-Tron quattro
This all-electric SUV is set to compete with Tesla at the luxury end of the market when it launches in 2018. The E-Tron is expected to have a range of over 300 miles
Audi E-Tron Sportback
The Sportback version, due to launch in 2019, is about the same size as the A7 but a bit quicker.
It takes 4.5 seconds from 0-62 mph compared to the 5.7 seconds needed for the A7.
At the luxury end of the market, the Jaguar I-Pace is an SUV with an electric motor at each corner giving it a four-wheel drive. It is expected to be even faster than the Audi E-Tron Sportback, with a 0-62mph time of just four seconds.
Due to launch next year, the I-Pace is expected to recharge 80 per cent in only an hour and a half.
An electric version of an existing Mini model will launch in 2019. It will have ‘completely new battery technology’, according to the car maker, to allow the model to be far more usable than existing electric cars.
Porsche Mission E
At the top end of the market, the new electric Porsche will feature a new 800v charging system , enabling an 80 per cent charge in just 15 minutes.
The futuristic-looking model, which won’t be in production until 2020, will have four doors, four seats and four-wheel drive. It is expected to have enough power to get you from 0-62mph in only 3.5 seconds.
Skoda Vision E
First revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, this is the first in a range of electric vehicles to be produced by Skoda. This concept car only has four seats but the production car is expected to have five when it is launched in 2019.
Tesla Model 3
The third electric model from Tesla is aimed at being more affordable, with a starting price of about £35,000. The Model 3 is expected to go on sale in the UK market by 2019. Two rear-wheel-drive options with ranges of 220 miles and 310 miles are offered with moderate performance specs. Tesla claims that the faster of these two cars – the ‘Long Range’ Model 3 – manages 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 140mph.
With a 0-62mph time under three seconds, this two-seater is based on a shorter version of the Model S platform. Tesla’s next-generation electric convertible sports car is due in 2019
The ID will be the first of a new range of electric cars from VW when it rolls off production lines in 2020. The hatchback is the size of a Golf and the engine is at the back, making it pretty nippy. It is expected to reach up to 373 miles, more than the current e-Golf.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
Inspired by the classic Microbus, the futuristic electric ID Buzz, will go into production in 2022.
The Buzz can seat eight. By 2025 it’s expected to have a fully autonomous Pilot mode, at which point the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard.
Volkswagen ID Crozz
The ID Crozz, a crossover SUV, is headed for production in 2020. With future city pollution in mind, the model is designed to keep pure air in the cabin despite pollution outside. Meanwhile, it also features a digital key to remember your personal preferences for air con settings and seating position etc.
Volvo XC40 Electric
Volvo’s first all-electric car is expected to hit the roads in 2019. It is based on the new XC40, the carmaker’s smallest SUV, which will be launched next year.